Highlighting the works of an unsung movement

Students gather in the Houston Harte University Center to celebrate the Harlem Renaissance

By Mbulelo Maqungo
On March 6, 2020


The Multicultural Advisory Council on Feb. 27 hosted an open mic poetry luncheon with a showcase commemorating the Black Consciousness Movement to conclude Black History Month.

“The speakers really emphasized the importance of Black history,” sophomore Antonio McCollough II said. “Being a young adult in this world, I feel us, as a whole, have lost the true meaning behind Black History Month in the past decade.”

McCollough said he thought the speakers did a great job on giving reasons why Black History Month should be celebrated and used to express oneself each and every day.

The MAC collaborated with other cultural student organi­zations and Chartwells to set up light refreshments and informa­tive posters about figures such as Claude McKay, Marcus Garvey and Duke Ellington.

“We hold one of these events at the end of February annu­ally and I’m always impressed time and time again with the effort students put forth,” Emily Banda, student activities and program coordinator, said. “I only see this getting better and better as time goes by.”

According to Humanities Texas, the Harlem Renaissance was a period of ideological and cultural awakening within the Afri­can-American community in the early 1900s. This time of expres­sion followed the end of the Civil War during which many black families migrated from the south into places like Chicago, Detroit, and Manhattan in search of an improved standard of living and an alternative to the institutionalized racism of the post-Recon­struction south.

The MAC is currently planning community events in March for Women’s History Month.

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